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ERIC Number: ED503297
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 80
Abstractor: As Provided
The Afterschool Hours: Examining the Relationship between Afterschool Staff-Based Social Capital and Student Engagement in LA's BEST. CSE Technical Report 712
Huang, Denise; Coordt, Allison; La Torre, Deborah; Leon, Seth; Miyoshi, Judy; Perez, Patricia; Peterson, Cynthia
National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)
The relationship between afterschool staff and students is very important for encouraging and promoting longevity in school. The primary goal of this study was to examine the connection between perceptions of staff-student relationships and the educational values, future aspirations, and engagement of LA's BEST students. To this end, we developed a set of research questions which would help us examine the association between strong staff-student relationships--characterized by mutual trust, bonding, and support--and student variables such as academic engagement and future aspirations. To address these evaluation questions, staff and student surveys were piloted and developed by the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) and widely administered to both afterschool staff and students. Descriptive statistics were computed for the survey data; HLM analyses and structural equation models were fitted to examine the variables. Afterschool programs have become much more than childcare providers for working parents or safe havens within violent communities. They have blossomed into powerful learning centers for students with lasting and far-reaching effects. These programs possess an asset that gives them the ability and opportunity to influence students to develop a belief system that will ultimately impact their academic and social futures--that asset is social capital. (Contains 19 figures and 5 tables.) [The work reported herein was supported by a grant from LA's BEST.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of California, Los Angeles, Center for the Study of Evaluation
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A